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music Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time  

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List Rules Greatest individual players, not groups. Includes players in many genres, past and present.

This is a list of the world's greatest players of the diatonic or chromatic harmonica.

list ordered by

1
173 65
Alan Wilson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Kevin Rogers added Alan Wilson Blues-rock, Blues

2
177 191
Little Walter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Little Walter Chicago blues, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

3
158 228
John Popper is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
JohnDoe3 added John Popper Blues-rock, Alternative rock, Jam band

4
112 176
Sonny Boy Williamson II is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Sonny Boy Williamson II Harmonica blues, Gospel music, Blues

5
99 185
Toots Thielemans is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Toots Thielemans Jazz blues, Jazz

6
91 168
James Cotton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
James Cotton Chicago blues, Rock music, Memphis blues

7
92 173
Big Walter Horton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time

8
78 167
Sonny Terry is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Sonny Terry Harmonica blues, Piedmont blues, East Coast blues

9
82 189
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Stevie Wonder Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

10
76 178
Paul Butterfield is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Paul Butterfield Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Chicago blues

11
71 167
Charlie Musselwhite is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Charlie Musselwhite Blues-rock, Electric blues, Boogie-woogie

12
70 171
Junior Wells is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Junior Wells Chicago blues, Blues

13
68 170
Larry Adler is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time

14
67 179
Kim Wilson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Kim Wilson Blues

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15
64 175
Howard Levy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Howard Levy Rock music, Swing music, Latin American music

16
56 156
Sonny Boy Williamson I is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Sonny Boy Williamson I Harmonica blues, Chicago blues, Electric blues

17
50 166
Charlie McCoy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Charlie McCoy Country

18
42 153
Jason Ricci is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Andrew Fryer0 added Jason Ricci

19
43 160
Carey Bell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Carey Bell Harmonica blues, Chicago blues, Electric blues

20
43 166
Jerry Portnoy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time

21
41 160
Magic Dick is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Magic Dick Chicago blues, Jazz, Hard rock

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22
40 159
Slim Harpo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Slim Harpo Harmonica blues, Juke joint blues, Swamp blues

23
40 160
Carlos del Junco is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Carlos del Junco Jazz, Blues

24
40 162
Mickey Raphael is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time

25
34 163
Lee Oskar is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Lee Oskar Rock music, Jazz, Blues

26
30 152
DeFord Bailey is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
DeFord Bailey Country

27
28 147
Adam Gussow is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Andy Mistak added Adam Gussow Blues, Funk

28
30 163
Buddy Greene is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Buddy Greene Christian music

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29
31 169
John Mayall is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
John Mayall Harmonica blues, Blues-rock, Electric blues

30
10 76
rod piazza is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
LudwigSorrentino added rod piazza

31
15 107
Corky Siegel is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Corky Siegel Blues

32
22 147
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

33
20 136
Tommy Reilly is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time

34
25 165
Mick Jagger is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Mick Jagger Blues-rock, Rock music, Dance-rock

35
14 104
Philip Achille is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Philip Achille

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36
15 110
Jazz Gillum is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Jazz Gillum Chicago blues

37
20 139
John Sebastian Sr. is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
John Sebastian Sr.

38
16 116
Cham-bar Huang is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Cham-bar Huang Cham-bar Huang was a New-York-based classical harmonicist and noted teacher.

39
11 86
Hendrik Meurkens is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Hendrik Meurkens

40
11 86
Mike Stevens is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Mike Stevens

41
11 86
William Galison is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
William Galison

42
8 67
Christelle berthon is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Martti Saarelma added Christelle berthon

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43
18 128
Robert Bonfiglio is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Robert Bonfiglio

44
10 80
Sigmund Groven is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Sigmund Groven Folk music, Classical music - Sigmund Groven is a Norwegian classical harmonicist.

45
5 47
Pete Pederson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Pete Pederson

46
5 47
Bernie Bray is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Bernie Bray

47
5 47
sugar blue is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
LudwigSorrentino added sugar blue

48
5 47
Claude Garden is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Claude Garden Claude Garden (Claude Jardin) was a Montreal classical harmonicist.

49
1 17
Charlie Crockett is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Gina Crockett Elrick added Charlie Crockett Aberdeen, Scotland. Blues, Bluegrass, folk.  

50
1 17
mark ford is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
LudwigSorrentino added mark ford